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Max Hospital case: Baby dies, father refuses to take body


The panel formed by the Delhi government to look into the case of the premature baby being wrongly declared dead, in its preliminary report on Tuesday, found the hospital guilty of not following prescribed medical norms in dealing with newborn infants.

New Delhi : Twenty-five-year-old Ashi sh Kumar was on cloud nine a few months ago when he learnt that he was going to be a father, but fate has left him and his wife devastated and traumatised as they lost the second of their premature twins on Wednesday.

Their ordeal began on November 30 when his wife gave birth to premature twins (boy and girl) at the upscale Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh but both the babies were declared stillborn and handed over to them in a polythene bag.

But to their utter horror, the family found that the boy was still alive, while they were on way to do their final rites.

The baby was rushed to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura, but the family got another sad news on Wednesday when the boy, who was surviving on life support, died early morning.

Petrified, Kumar has now refused to take the body of his child, in an act of protest, and demanded that the two doctors allegedly involved in the “medical negligence” in the case be arrested.

“I have been wronged. Instead of becoming a father, I lived through the death of my daughter, and death of my son, not once but twice. I feel as if a bolt of lightning has struck me over my head. But I will not take my son’s body until the two doctors are arrested, so that we get justice,” Kumar told PTI.

Kumar, whose native place is in Rajasthan, runs a shop in Nangloi area in west Delhi, and the pain and suffering over the last few days has, left him shaken to the core.

He stood outside the nursing home in Pitampura, while his wife is still recovering from the complications of the birth.

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